Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling his poll promises, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday told the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that the PM has been “reduced to unedifying flip-flops”. In a scathing attack on the PM and his government, Sonia said that it has now become clear that Modi was only indulging in “hawa baazi” (hollow talk) during the election campaign.
“The Modi government has failed abysmally to match words with deeds, to match media events with actual accomplishments, to match headlines with substance,” Sonia said, as she accused the government of being “controlled and directed by the RSS”.
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Hours later, the CWC came out with a political resolution in which it slammed the government for “subjugating itself” before the RSS. “The constitutionally-elected Government of India should remain accountable to Parliament of India and the 125 crore people of India, instead of making a mockery of democracy by subjugating itself and being remote controlled by the RSS. We condemn the inexplicable servility of Prime Minister and his entire government in seeking policy directions and accountability commands from RSS,” the resolution said.
She credited vice president Rahul Gandhi for guiding the protest against changes in the land bill forcing the government to its climbdown.
“Thanks to our party’s sustained campaign, the government has been compelled to withdraw its anti-farmer amendments. The credit for this goes to every worker of the Congress Party, who under Rahul’s active guidance, carried out a sustained agitation,” she said.
She said similar campaigns will now need to be mounted against the “assault on tribal welfare, on women and child welfare, on labour laws, on laws that protect the environment and forests, on RTI and on our flagship initiatives MGNREGA which are being systematically undermined.”
“The U-turn on the Land Ordinance is evidence that the government is out of touch with ground realities. It has become painfully clear that most of the pledges made by the Prime Minister during his election campaign were nothing more than hawa baazi,” she said.
Gandhi also accused the government of systematically eroding the autonomy and integrity of vital institutions. “Writers and progressive thinkers are being physically eliminated. The media is being threatened with notices and other repressive measures. History is sought to be rewritten with special targetting of Jawaharlal Nehru, the architect of modern India and builder of democratic institutions,” she said.
Gandhi also questioned the government’s Pakistan policy even as firing from across the border has increased.
“Instead of a coherent policy on Pakistan , this government can’t seem to make up its mind on what it should do. From aggressively mocking Dr. Manmohan Singh and his policy during the election campaign, the Prime Minister has been reduced to unedifying flip-flops casting doubts on what he really stands for,” she said.